What Ted Bundy's Life In Prison Was Really Like

Handsome, alluring, and intelligent, Theodore Robert Bundy is also one of the most infamous serial killers in the annals of American crime history. Although he admitted to murdering at least 36 women during a vicious multi-state killing spree in the 1970s, experts believe he may have actually killed 100 or more, Biography reports.

The former law school student would often lure his victims into death by pretending to be injured and using a cast, sling, or crutches. When his charm failed him, he would pose as a police officer or firefighter, according to Good Housekeeping. A former Bundy co-worker, crime writer Ann Rule, called him "a sadistic sociopath who took pleasure from another human's pain," per The Guardian

Bundy was first arrested in 1975 after a high-speed chase by highway patrol officer Bob Hayward, per ABC News. In 1976, he was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison for the attempted kidnapping of an 18-year-old from Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1974. He made his first prison escape during a transfer from Utah to Colorado in 1977 but was soon recaptured. However, he had more success with his next escape attempt, which was also in 1977 (via Biography).

Bundy made it to Tallahassee, Florida, where he went on another murder spree, killing two women at a sorority house near Florida State University and later a 12-year-old girl. He was arrested for the final time in 1978 and indicted on murder charges. Ultimately, he was convicted in 1979 and sentenced to death by electrocution the same year.

Ted Bundy's life in prison

During his years on death row, Bundy received frequent visits from his wife, Carole Ann Boone, before she divorced him a few years before his execution (via Women's Health). In taped interviews in the years leading up to his execution, Boone told investigative reporters Stephen Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth that even though Bundy was not allowed conjugal visits, the guards didn't enforce the rule. "After the first day they just, they didn't care," she said. Boone eventually became pregnant and gave birth to Rosa Bundy in 1981. She also said she smuggled drugs into the prison for Bundy.

At first, Bundy's time in prison did not seem to affect him. But A&E reports that he spent his final night in prison in tears appealing to God. In an interview with psychologist and religious broadcaster James Dobson on the last night of his life, Bundy said that he took responsibility for his brutal crimes.

In the end, just days before his death, Bundy confessed to law enforcement agents. According to ABC News, he told FBI Special Agent Bill Hagmaier that he killed 30 people in seven states between 1973 and 1978. Still, Bundy was an alleged liar, which means we'll never really know how many women he actually murdered before he was strapped into Florida's infamous electric chair on January 24, 1989, and took his last breath.